The Department recognises the very significant advantages to be gained through a collaborative approach to research for the agri-food sector. There is consensus across government, science, academia and industry that the greatest challenges facing the agri-food and forestry sectors are best fully understood and then met by means of sharing both knowledge and ideas within manageable consortia. Furthermore, it is recognised that, collaboration with government funders from other regions and countries, can lever significant additional scientific expertise and research capacity for the benefit of all.
DAERA is involved in a number of research and development collaborations with other government funders.
US Ireland Research and Development Partnership
This partnership is a tri-jurisdictional alliance which was officially launched in 2006 with the aim to promote collaborative innovative research projects which create value above and beyond individual efforts. A number of projects have been successfully funded under the partnership in the field of health, nanoscale science and engineering, sensors and sensor networks, telecommunications and energy and sustainability.
In November 2015 the US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership was expanded to include agri-food. A pilot initiative between DAERA DAFM and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), US Department of Agriculture was launched in 2016. Further information can be found within the US-Ireland Research and Development Call in Agriculture.